Chest Pain Center Accreditation

The Medical of Aurora and Centennial Medical Plaza Receive Chest Pain Center Accreditation

January 27, 2009

The Medical Center of Aurora and Centennial Medical Plaza recently received Chest Pain Accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers. The Medical Center of Aurora received full Cycle II accreditation with PCI at its South Campus and is the second hospital in the state to receive the "with PCI" accreditation. Centennial Medical Plaza received full Cycle II accreditation status and is the first and only free-standing emergency department in Colorado to receive this accreditation.

"This is a great honor for us," said John Hill, president and CEO of The Medical Center of Aurora and Centennial Medical Plaza. "We have long been leaders in cardiovascular services, as we were the first to partner with the community to develop the Cardiac Alert program that is now the standard of care throughout the country. It is a natural extension for our two emergency departments to become accredited Chest Pain Centers."

Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States, with 600,000 dying annually of heart disease. More than five million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain. The goal of the Society of Chest Pain Centers is to significantly reduce the mortality rate of these patients by teaching the public to recognize and react to the early symptoms of a possible heart attack, reduce the time that it takes to receive treatment and increase the accuracy and effectiveness of treatment.

The Chest Pain Center's protocol driven and systematic approach to patient management allows physicians to reduce time to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack, when treatments are most effective and to better monitor patients when it is not clear whether they are having a coronary event. Such observation helps ensure that a patient is neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted.

With the rise of Chest Pain Centers came the need to establish standards designed to improve the consistency and quality of care provided to patients. The Society's accreditation process insures centers meet or exceed quality-of-care measures in acute cardiac medicine.

The Chest Pain Center at The Medical Center of Aurora has demonstrated its expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a wide set of stringent criteria and completing on-site evaluations by a review team from the Society of Chest Pain Centers.

Key areas in which a Chest Pain Center must demonstrate expertise include:

  • Integrating the emergency department with the local emergency medical system
  • Assessing, diagnosing and treating patients quickly
  • Effectively treating patients with low risk for acute coronary syndrome and no assignable cause for their symptoms
  • Continually seeking to improve processes and procedures
  • Ensuring Chest Pain Center personnel competency and training
  • Maintaining organizational structure and commitment
  • Having a functional design that promotes optimal patient care
  • Supporting community outreach programs that educate the public to promptly seek medical care if they display symptoms of a possible heart attack

About The Medical Center of Aurora and Centennial Medical Plaza
Selected as one of 2008's "Top 100 Hospitals to Work For" in Modern HealthCare, The Medical Center of Aurora/Centennial Medical Plaza specializes in cardiovascular services, neurosciences, oncology, surgery and women's services. The organization is comprised of an advanced care hospital (South Campus), an outpatient/short stay hospital (North Campus) and a 24/7 emergency center with adjacent physician office buildings (Centennial Medical Plaza). Part of the HealthONE System of Excellence, The Medical Center of Aurora/Centennial Medical Plaza has recently attained Magnet designation for excellence in nursing services by the American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet Recognition Program® and has received the Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility for two years in a row (2007 and 2008).

For more information, contact Amy Speagle, Marketing and PR Director for The Medical Center of Aurora and Centennial Medical Plaza at (303) 873-5682 or amy.speagle@healthonecares.com.

About the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC)

The Society of Chest Pain Centers is a patient centric non-profit international professional organization focused upon improving care for patients with acute coronary syndromes and other related maladies. Established in 1998, the Society is dedicated to patient advocacy and focusing on ischemic heart disease. Central to its mission is the question, "What is right for the patient?" In answer, the Society promotes protocol based medicine, often delivered through a Chest Pain Center model to address the diagnosis and treatment of acute coronary syndromes, heart failure and to promote the adoption of process improvement science by healthcare providers. To best fulfill this mission, the Society of Chest Pain Centers provides accreditation to facilities striving for optimum Chest Pain Center care. SCPC is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio.

For more information on the Society of Chest Pain Centers visit www.scpcp.org, or contact Robert Lipetz, Executive Director at (614) 442-5950 or director@scpcp.org.